Benton Police Department hires new police officer


The Benton Police Department recently welcomed Officer Logan Hampton, who Chief Jeromy Hicks noted in a recent council meeting has already been busy issuing tickets and responding to calls.

Hampton's law enforcement career began in 2010 with the Owensboro Police Department. He also served five years with the Mayfield Police Department before transferring to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

He said when it was time to move back to western Kentucky, he chose Benton Police Department because it has a "great reputation as well as a good working history."

The Graves County native said his initial interest in entering law enforcement was narcotics investigation and interdiction, but his favorite part of the job is community involvement.

"I enjoy being in the community, interacting with the public and seeing a side of our area that most people don't get to see," he said. "My career has been fast paced from the start but being in Benton gives me the chance to slow down and actually interact with the public and give 100% to the community."

Hampton and his wife, Melody, currently live in McCracken County with their dogs, which he referenced as their "fur babies." When he's off the clock, he enjoys golfing, fishing, spending time with his family and dogs and riding his motorcycle through the back country roads. He said he's super easy going and enjoys his job.

Hicks said, "Logan is a good addition to the department. He has several years experience working for a large department and brings a lot of knowledge and professionalism. We are happy to have him serving the citizens of Benton."

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